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While Penang and Ipoh hawker dishes have been a mainstay in Klang Valley for decades, Sarawakian cuisine seems to be just starting to make its mark here, a welcoming sign to those who loves hawker fare for sure. One of the latest to join the scene is Da Niu Sarawake Kuching Kolomee at PJ.

Restoran Tropikiri, Bukit Mayang Emas
Restoran Tropikiri, Bukit Mayang Emas

Ah Niu sets up stall at the cheekily named Restoran Tropikiri at Bukit Mayang Emas, a stone’s throw away from the rather “atas” neighbourhood of Tropicana, while also easily accessible from Bandar Utama and PJ via Kampung Chempaka.

Plenty of parking space by the same row of shops, though you may have to walk a few steps.

Da Niu stall is operated by Da Niu himself and the wife Heidi since early Q2 2018, both hailed from the land of the hornbills.

Da Niu Sarawak Kolomee
Da Niu Sarawak Kolomee

The Sarawak kolomee is of Da Niu’s own recipe, and comes with the normal or “red” version with those yummy chasiu sauce (strongly recommend going with the latter).

In a bowl of kolomee you’ll also find chasiu, fried wantan, minced pork, and an accompanying small bowl of soup. The chasiu was one of the better ones for sure, soft, juicy, and full of flavor, do tell them if you like it fatty or lean and they are more than happy to accommodate.

very good chasiu & love those springy noodle
very good chasiu & love those springy noodle

I also particularly enjoy the accompanying soup, which has a lot more going on than your typical wantan mee bland tasting soup that doesn’t do anything other than offering a way to wet your noodle.

With the springy, curly noodle and everything that goes on here, this is becoming one of my favorite kolomee now.

Other than kolomee, they also offer Sarawak Laksa. In fact, I had actually tried the laksa first before going again for the kolomee on second trip.

Sarawak laksa is quite legit too
Sarawak laksa is quite legit too

The Sarawak laksa comes with the usual ingredients of bean sprout, sea prawns, eggs, cilantro, and shredded chicken. I thought it tasted pretty decent though with a bit of room for improvement.

According to Heidi, Kuching style laksa is usually a little less creamy, but that does not seem to resonate with the taste buds of those in Klang Valley, so it is something they’re still working on.

For now though, I’d certainly go back for that kolomee!

map to Restoran Tropikiri kopitiam

Address:
Da Niu Sarawak Kuching Kolomee
Restoran Tropikiri
2, Jalan BM 1/2,
Taman Bukit Mayang Emas,
47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
GPS3.125287, 101.595897
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To be honest, I found out about the beef noodle at Lai Foong kopitam relatively recently via instagram posts of some friends I follow. Perhaps a bit of an embarrassment for someone who love street food, but better late than never, right?

Lai Foong kopitiam, Jalan Tun H S Lee
Lai Foong kopitiam, Jalan Tun H S Lee

Located at Jalan Tun H. S. Lee (just across the entrance of Petaling Street), Lai Foong is wedged in some of the busiest areas in downtown KL. Parking is non existence, but luckily for those on motorcycle on a weekday morning, situation isn’t nearly as bleak. Another proof that motorcycle is the best invention of all time!

a selection of beefy goodness
a selection of beefy goodness

The beef noodle stalls does open for business bright and early (by 8 am or so) and all throughout lunch time. A bowl with everything will cost RM 10 but does include pretty much every part that you can expect, including beef slices, tripe, intestine, beef ball, and my favorite  – tendon. Every part was tender, with the tendon having the perfect consistency that isn’t chewy nor it is overly hard.

flank, beef, intestine, tendon, take your pick of have them all
flank, beef, intestine, tendon, take your pick of have them all

The soup base is light yet flavorful, with a hint of soya sauce base yet having enough depth to satisfy. The chili sauce provided too does its job well and did not disappoint.

The beef noodle at Lai Foong certainly live up to its reputation, and has definitely earned yours truly as a customer who’d come back again.

map to Lai Foong kopitiam, KL

Address:
Lai Foong kopitiam
138, Jalan Tun H S Lee,
50050 Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.145424, 101.696846
Tel03-2072 8123

Kuih Teow Soup is one of those Penang hawker food that receive very little attention in Klang Valley, and I believe this is mostly due to the fact that pork noodle and the KL style fishball noodle (very subtle differences) serves most of the same demographic that gravitates towards this type of dishes.

do re mi kopitiam at Ara Damansara
do re mi kopitiam at Ara Damansara

Here’s the subtle differences in these three types of noodle soup, even though their broth are all clear and choice of noodle is usually kuih teow (flat rice noodle):

  • pork noodle – major ingredients of pork slices, innards, and even pork balls, sometimes you get to add poached egg, no bean sprouts
  • KL style fish ball noodle – fish ball, fish cake, bean sprout, mustard green
  • Penang kuih teow soup – fish ball, fish cake, chicken/pork/duck meat slices, bean sprouts, sometimes with coagulated duck/chicken blood, spring onion

So in essence, kuih teow soup has a more complex taste when compared to plain old fish ball noodle, while being not as savory and heavy as pork noodle.

For a proper bowl of Penang kuih teow soup in Klang Valley, my favorite at the moment is the hawker stall at Do Re Mi kopitiam at Ara Damansara. It is one of the very few places in town that serves kuih teow soup with duck meat. Duck meat is an ingredient that you don’t often find in hawker dishes in KL, I suppose mostly due to cost, and perhaps lesser appreciation from the public.

kuih teow th'ng, with duck meat
kuih teow th’ng, with duck meat

If you’re a fan of kuih teow soup in it’s proper form, this is surely a place to check out. Let me know if you have other favorites of yours to share.

map to restaurant doremi 123, Ara Damansara

Address:
Restaurant DoReMi 123
Jalan PJU 1a/20b
Ara Damansara 
Petaling Jaya, Selangor
GPS3.119897, 101.579194

Whenever anyone spoke of Klang & food in the same sentence, it is almost always about bak kut teh, and while it is true that the best BKTs in the land can be found right at Klang, the district also offers one other dish that’s unique to this area which I absolutely love – the Klang style red wine mee suah.

Eng Ann Coffee Shop, Klang
Eng Ann Coffee Shop, Klang

My other Klang comfort food – red wine mee suah. Unlike the fuchow version it’s actually not red in color and usually tested with a hint of spiciness. I’ve asked the stall to add vege to mine. At Eng Ann Coffee Shop . #kyeats #breakfast #kopitiam #redwinemeesuah #tamanengann #klang

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Not to be confused with fuchow red wine mee suah that is actually red in color (such as this one at Sentul), the Klang red wine mee suah uses a different concoction of wine that is actually yellowish in color. Additionally, while fuchow mee suah comes with chicken, Klang style is served with pork slices (or minced pork), poached egg, and finely chopped fried ginger.

Klang style red wine mee suah
Klang style red wine mee suah

The bowl you see on the above picture is a typical serving of Klang red wine mee suah, with the exception of having vegetable. They are usually served without, but often you can get the stall owner to add some if you prefer some greens in your breakfast.

As for taste, it usually carries a pretty strong rice wine taste with a slightly sour note in the soup base, with poach egg and those fried ginger providing balance and complexity to the dish. It is one of the better comfort food if you’re looking for something soupy and rejuvenating in the a.m.

a poached egg with semi runny yolk on the mee suah
a poached egg with semi runny yolk on the mee suah

A typical bowl of Klang red wine mee suah runs anywhere from RM 6.50 – RM 7.50, you do pay slightly more than other hawker dishes in the area due to (I presume) the cost of alcohol used.

If you find yourself at Klang next time, give this under-represented dish a try, you may just like it! They’re available at majority of the kopitiam in Klang.

map to Eng Ann Coffee Shop

Address:
Eng Ann Coffee Shop
2, Lorong Kasawari 4,
Taman Eng Ann,
41150 Klang, Selangor
GPS3.056437, 101.459347

On one of the earlier visits back to my beloved hometown, Penang, we chanced upon Ping Hooi kopitiam while in search for a meal between lunch and dinner, this was actually due to the fact that both the Pitt Street kuih teow soup I was trying to have and my favorite oyster omelet  were not available.

Tiger Char Kuih Teow at Ping Hooi Kopitiam
Tiger Char Kuih Teow at Ping Hooi Kopitiam

Since the busiest corner at the kopitiam seems to be this char kuih teow stall by the name of Tiger CKT, I ordered myself a plate of this favorite Penang hawker dish of mine.

There’s three versions to choose from – without egg (RM 6), with chicken egg (RM 6.50), and with duck egg (RM 7).

Tiger Char Kuih Teow with duck egg
Tiger Char Kuih Teow with duck egg

Whenever there’s duck egg available for char kuih teow, I never fail choose it. Duck egg always offer that extra richness & creaminess that chicken egg simply won’t match, and the version at Tiger char kuih teow did not disappoint, it was rich, creamy, spicy, and with cockles that were done just so, and prawns that were fresh. This is one of the best CKT you can get below RM 10.

operator even has a company t-shirt
operator even has a company t-shirt

Next time when you head to Penang, remember that awesome char kuih teow aren’t confined to only Lorong Selamat or Siam Road where you have to wait for over half an hour to get a plate of Penang’s best. I for sure won’t mind heading back to this one again.

map to Ping Hooi kopitiam, Penang

Address:
Tiger Char Kuih Teow
Ping Hooi Kopitiam

Lebuh Carnavon, Georgetown
10100 Penang
GPS5.414572, 100.334128
Tel: 016-458 0926